The last decade-old Howard’s Tavern restaurant is getting the funding it must survive the pandemic from the Barstool Fund – CBS Pittsburgh
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
WEST VIEW (KDKA) – It’s been almost a year since the coronavirus pandemic hit the nation in full and restaurants have struggled.
Howard’s Tavern in West View is no exception.
The restaurant has been in the family for three generations and was first opened in 1962.
Derek and Rachel Bovill along with Jennifer Gronsky now run it.
They told KDKA after the pandemic outbreak they weren’t sure they could keep the business going but vowed their parents and grandparents to do whatever it takes to keep the legacy alive.
“It was hard. It was really tough, ”said Derek Bovill. “I started doing a second job just to try to make ends meet.”
Then on Friday they got the call they were hoping for.
The call to Howard’s Tavern. Thanks again to @PNGamingInc for their donation to help save small PA businesses. #BarstoolFund pic.twitter.com/rdfbwysVj1
– The Barstool Fund (@BarstoolFund) February 26, 2021
“It’s a generational business so make sure you have the exact resources to tackle this thing until it goes back to normal,” said a representative from the Barstool Fund. a COVID-19 small business aid organization.
Rachel says her husband Derek, who can be seen in the video, applied for it without their knowledge.
The funds they received from the Barstool Fund will now help them cover rent, payroll and bills.